Saturday, March 4, 2017

France, Loire Valley - Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire IV (The Interior)

Many rooms, stairways and interior features of Chaumont Castle 
were remodeled or added in the Renaissance style in the 19th century.

The visit of Chaumont’s interiors leads the visitors through the Guard Room, 
the necessary passageway to the Royal Chamber. 
It was also used as a training area for the guards and provided a place from which to watch the exterior of the castle 
and still keep an eye on the interior courtyard. 

The bedroom of Diane de Poitiers is named in reference to King Henri II’s mistress 
and was furnished by the Prince de Broglie at the end of the 19th century.
 It contains various art objects related to Diane de Poitiers. 

The Council Chamber exhibits majolica tiling from the 17th century, bought by the de Broglie family. 

The bedroom of Catherine de Medicis was named so by Prince de Broglie, 
but it was an apartment in its own right in the 15th and 16th centuries. 

The bedroom of Ruggieri, has been called so after Catherine de Medicis’ appointed astrologer, 
and is referred to as such because of the sign on the mantelpiece, considered to be a cabalistic sign. 

The dining room was reconverted by the de Broglies in the style of the 15th and 16th centuries. 

The library was originally used as a dining room. 
It was reinstated as a library by Count Aragon and redecorated by the Prince of Broglie. 

The billiards room was used for this game, 
but also as a smoking room for the men to meet and smoke a cigar after a large meal or talk politics.

The great hall is decorated in a Louis XII style by Viscount Walsh around 1850. 

The flamboyant chapel dates back to the start of the 16th century and was restored in 1884-1886. 

The stained glass windows tells the history of Chaumont, from its origin to the time of the de Broglie family. 

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